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Evaluating the capability of regional-scale air quality models to capture the vertical distribution of pollutants

E Solazzo, R Bianconi, G Pirovano, MD Moran, R Vautard, C Hogrefe, KW Appel, V Matthias, P Grossi, B Bessagnet, J Brandt, C Chemel, JH Christensen, R Forkel, XV Francis, AB Hansen, S McKeen, U Nopmongcol, M Prank, KN Sartelet Show all



This study is conducted in the framework of the Air Quality Modelling Evaluation International Initiative (AQMEII) and aims at the operational evaluation of an ensemble of 12 regional-scale chemical transport models used to predict air quality over the North American (NA) and European (EU) continents for 2006. The modelled concentrations of ozone and CO, along with the meteorological fields of wind speed (WS) and direction (WD), temperature (T), and relative humidity (RH), are compared against high-quality in-flight measurements collected by instrumented commercial aircraft as part of the Measurements of OZone, water vapour, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides by Airbus In-service airCraft (..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The MOZAIC Data Centre and its contributing airlines provided North American and European aircraft take-off and landing vertical profiles and are kindly acknowledged. The WMO World Ozone and Ultraviolet Data Centre (WOUDC) and its data contributing agencies provided North American and European ozonesonde profiles. G. Yarwood and U. Nopmongcol acknowledge financial support from the Coordinating Research Council Atmospheric Impacts Committee (Project A-75) and the Electric Power Research Institute. The contribution of RSE SpA to this work has been partially financed by the Research Fund for the Italian Electrical System under the Contract Agreement between RSE SpA and the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (Decree of 19 March 2009).